Sunday, July 11, 2010

The mellifluous voice of Bob Sheppard is gone

I heard the news today that Yankee Stadium public address announcer Bob Sheppard died today at age 99. He worked for the Bronx Bombers from 1951 until late in the 2007 season until he had to leave due to health issues. He also was the public address announcer for the football Giants for many years and was an adjunct Professor of Speech at St. Johns University. He certainly was at the top of his profession. His diction was second for none.

When the Yankees played at Seattle this afternoon, a moment of silence was observed for him. Since He left the Yankees a recording of Bob Sheppard was used to announce Derek Jeter when he came to bat at Yankee Stadium. This recording will be used at the all star game this Tuesday in Anaheim.

"Batting first for the New York Yankees and playing shortstop, number two, Derek Jeter."

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